Good Morning Mix: Step into Kaskade’s CRSSD Redux set ahead of the festival’s March return

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Good Morning Mix: Step into Kaskade’s CRSSD Redux set ahead of the festival’s March returnKaskade Photo Cred MarkOwens

In light of CRSSD dropping the first wave of artists who will be playing during the festival’s 11th edition in March, it’s time to take a trip back to Kaskade‘s full Redux set from the festival’s 10th edition. Kaskade’s set is perfect for those looking to get a sultry start to their day. The set features Kaskade originals in their entirety with the exception of a brief hiatus, where the producer drops “Everything in Its Right Place” by Radiohead (Gigamesh/ DiscoTech Remix / Glass Petals Big Intro Edit).

CRSSD takes place twice a year at San Diego’s Waterfront Park, and the festival will be returning on March 6-7. GesaffelsteinRÜFÜS DU SOLCarl CoxCharlotte de WitteChris LakeCamelPhat, and Nora en Pure are all featured on the lineup, along with a stellar cast of supporting acts.

Whether or not Kaskade will return is currently unknown, but after listening to his one-hour set from the festival’s previous edition, fans can only hope he will be back to grace listeners with one hour of deep house.

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Black Coffee, Tiesto, Martin Garrix, FISHER, and more top inaugural MDL Beast Festival ticket

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Black Coffee, Tiesto, Martin Garrix, FISHER, and more top inaugural MDL Beast Festival ticketMartin Garri Breach

A new addition to Saudi Arabia’s live event circuit, the inaugural MDL Beast Festival will be held from December 19 – 21 in Riyadh. The region’s largest music and culture festival, MDL Beast has curated a global selection of dance acts for its introductory event.

Headliners of the diverse, genre-fluid lineup include Afrojack, Black Coffee, David Guetta, FISHER, J. Balvin, Martin Garrix, Steve Aoki, and Sebastian Ingrosso, among others. Saudi artists such as the country’s first female DJ, Cosmicat, and production duo, Dish Dash, also top the MDL Beast ticket, exemplifying organizers’ commitment to programming that strikes a balance between local talent and international electronic heavyweights. Cosmicat and Dish Dash will be joined by 22 other regional talents.

In a statement, Steve Aoki expressed his excitement, “This summer I got to play in Saudi Arabia for the very first time; it was the most incredible experience that I’ll never forget. When I got the offer to play at the three-day MDL Beast Festival, I was thrilled to become part of it and be back in the region again. 

In addition to singular live sets, MDL Beast will also host a series of noteworthy back-to-back performances. Martin Garrix will take the decks alongside Tiësto, CamelPhat will share the stage with FISHER. However, these are just two of the illustrious joint appearances that will unfold at MDL Beast. 

“I’m so proud of the fact that we’re hosting this festival in Saudi; it’s a great reflection of the Saudi audience being able to experience the music they love, both local and international, right here in Riyadh.

As one of the first female EDM DJs here, I’m excited to be flying the flag and representing women on the scene. I can’t wait to share the stage with some phenomenal global talent and play for the MDL Beast crowd. This is going to be the set of my lifetime,” says Cosmicat.

The multi-sensory, multi-stage festival will pay homage to Saudi Arabia in its Saudi influenced stage design and production, which will be tailored to reflect the architecture of the region. Tickets to the first installment in the newly budding history of MDL Beast are available now, purchase here.

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CRSSD announces spring 2020 roster topped by Gesaffelstein, RÜFÜS DU SOL, Carl Cox, and more

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CRSSD announces spring 2020 roster topped by Gesaffelstein, RÜFÜS DU SOL, Carl Cox, and moreGesaffelstein Coachella 2019 Julian Bajsel

CRSSD returns for its eleventh edition taking place March 7 – 8 at San Diego’s Waterfront Park. Three stages will bring fans a characteristically diverse set of live musical experiences, and the first wave of artists on the spring 2020 billing stack up to be one of CRSSD’s strongest to date.

Gesaffelstein, RÜFÜS DU SOL, Carl Cox, Charlotte de Witte, Chris Lake, CamelPhat, and Nora en Pure are all featured on the lineup, along with a stellar cast of supporting acts. Dancing Astronaut Artist to Watch Ben Böhmer (performing live), Patrick Topping, and Majid Jordan are all booked, as well as planned back-to-backs from Brodinski and 2ManyDJs as well as Mark Knight and Technasia

New for Spring 2020 will be a partnership with neighboring hotel, The Guild, which will showcase CRSSD programming throughout the weekend. Tickets go on sale December 10 at 11:00 a.m. PT (2:00 p.m. ET).

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NMF Roundup: Audien reveals debut album, G Jones crafts an ‘Acid Mix’ of ‘Drift’ + more

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It’s most important day of the week: New Music Friday. With the overwhelming amount of tunes hitting the airwaves today, Dancing Astronaut has you covered with the latest edition of The Hot 25.

After months of anticipation, Audien’s debut album, ESCAPISM, is finally here, bringing with it tunes like “Escape” with Nomra. G Jones kicks off the weekend in style with an acid mix of “Drift,” and Diplo adds a groovy backbone to Niall Horan’s “Nice To Meet Ya.” CamelPhat and Jem Cooke whip up “Rabbit Hole,” and drum ‘n’ bass powerhouse DJ Fresh taps Doctrine for “Control.” SNBRN brings the bass with “DMs” featuring Lucati and 1993, and Blasterjaxx links with Junior Funke for “Monster.” Grabbitz delivers another dynamic single on Ultra Music, “Roam With You,” and Nora En Pure continues her tour de force with “Fibonacci.” The Glitch Mob and 1788-L drag listeners to the depths on “Momentary Lapse,” and Tritonal and Henry Dark deliver “Shivohum.” The Chainsmokers release “Push My Luck,” and Dada Life take no prisoners on “Table Flipping Machine.” Friend Within can “Feel It” on his latest, and MUST DIE! unleashes some formidable dubstep on “FUNERAL ZONE.”

As each week brings a succession of new music from some of electronic music’s biggest artists, here’s a selection of tracks that shouldn’t be missed this NMF.

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CamelPhat and Jem Cooke fashion brand new hit, ‘Rabbit Hole’

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CamelPhat and Jem Cooke fashion brand new hit, ‘Rabbit Hole’Camelphat

Crossover darlings Camelphat rejoin vocalist Jem Cooke for a brand new earworm on Sony RCA. “Rabbit Hole” is just what its name implies, sucking listeners into a throbbing landscape filled with buzzing synths and vibrant grooves. Naturally, Jem Cooke’s warm vocal tones remain the track’s centerpiece; the melody she’s chosen for her lyrics is mysterious and hypnotic. From there, the rest of the tune falls into place, with harmonic peaks and valleys complimenting the sonic adventure Cooke takes consumers on through her verses. Cool but catchy, expect this latest addition to their collective discography to become their next joint hit.

Last time Jem Cooke and Camelphat joined, it was alongside Cristoph for “Breathe” on Pryda Presents. The record earned silver certification in the UK, and would place itself amond Billboard’s top 25 club tunes. More recently, Camelphat have continued their choice release selections through co-producing Duke Dumont’s latest record, and collaborating with Jake Bugg for “Be Someone.”

Camelphat co-produce Duke Dumont’s latest hit, ‘The Power’

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Camelphat co-produce Duke Dumont’s latest hit, ‘The Power’Duke Dumont 019 Credit Daniel Lee

Duke Dumont and Camelphat have both become icons in the past half decade, with both respective acts being behind megahits like “Ocean Drive” and “Cola.” Thus, it was only a matter of time before these two crossover magnates combined for a joint hit. They’ve presented us with “The Power,” featuring vocals by rising star Zak Abel.

Though Camelphat have taken a more behind-the-scenes role in the single, opting not to show off their names on DSPs and online markets, their imprint can be heard easily within. “The Power” is light, infectious, and vocal-driven—common ingredients of a Duke Dumont hit designed to perfection. A higher tempo house foundation implies Camelphat’s hand. Meanwhile, both artists’ knacks for creating catchy melodies and injecting accessibility into their works makes for yet another jewel within their production crowns.

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Diplo co-produces Elderbrook’s latest, ‘How You Do’

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Elderbrook climbed the electronic ranks at a speed few have done before, particularly as a result of his Grammy-nominated, breakout collaboration with CamelPhat, “Cola.” The producer followed up the Grammy nomination with an enamoring EP Old Friend, and now he is out with his first single since then titled “How You Do.”

Elderbrook has cemented his signature sound with “How You Do,” which features the producer’s own smooth vocals juxtaposed with a pulsing house backdrop perfect for an underground club night. The track would have been a fitting addition to Old Friend, but it features surprising synthesized notes that bounce between the mellow house undertones that propel the track forward.

Elderbrook enlisted none other than Diplo to co-produce the track, which undoubtedly adds a new dynamic to Elderbrook’s final product with “How You Do.” The single is out now via Big Beat Records, with it likely becoming yet another major hit for the fledgling producer.

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CamelPhat partner with featured vocalist, Jake Bugg, for ‘Be Someone’

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CamelPhat partner with featured vocalist, Jake Bugg, for ‘Be Someone’Camelphat

CamelPhat assert their ability to “Be Someone” in the house sphere with the release of their brand new single alongside Jake Bugg. The result is a vocal-assisted instant anthem, much in the same vein as the outfit’s seminal, “Cola.” Similarly, the vocals in “Be Somebody” bow in sonic prominence to production.

The monotone vocal that Jake Bugg lends to the track contrasts with the airy atmospheric ascendence of the tune’s builds. The track’s underground influence is audible in the staticky titillation of the track’s descents and percussion, which foreground a memorable chord arrangement. Ultimately, “Be Somebody” is a cinematic production that is well suited for live play as it is the club dancefloor.

Calvin Harris celebrates 10th anniversary of ‘I’m Not Alone’ with set of remixes

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Calvin Harris celebrates 10th anniversary of ‘I’m Not Alone’ with set of remixes1 Cred Conor McDonell

Calvin Harris is celebrating the 10th birthday of his iconic “I’m Not Alone” from his second studio album, Ready for the Weekend, in fine fashion. He’s put together a four-track “repack” of the notable song, and released it via Sony Music.

The compilation includes two fresh remixes from CamelPhat and Thomas Schumacher. CamelPhat puts a subdued, contemplative spin on the track, opting to delve deeper into the song’s message with a steady techno-oriented bassline. Schumacher, too, opts for a techno take on the classic tune, crafting an intense, darker atmosphere around Harris’ recognizable melodies.

Also found on the compilation are two versions of the track from Harris himself: a 2019 edit and a 2009 remaster. Both freshen up the decade-old tune, bringing it roaring into 2019.

When it was first released, “I’m Not Alone” became Harris’ first UK No. 1 as a solo artist and has since become certified platinum in several places around the world.

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‘Breathe’ gains a stripped down sonic sister as CamelPhat release ‘Just Chill Mix’ of Cristoph collaboration

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‘Breathe’ gains a stripped down sonic sister as CamelPhat release ‘Just Chill Mix’ of Cristoph collaborationCamelphat

CamelPhat and Cristoph‘s “Breathe” dresses down, to take a ruminative turn on former’s “Just Chill Mix.”

The melancholy that tinges featured vocalist, Jem Cooke‘s contribution on the original remains intact on CamelPhat’s alternate version of the titillating collaboration. The pace of “Breathe” lends a sense of urgency to Cooke’s pleading of the track’s lyrical hook, which CamelPhat temper in their latest mix. The comparatively slow, honeyed bpm of CamelPhat’s re-imagination of “Breathe” augments the haunting, ethereal quality of Cooke’s voice, as she languidly verbalizes the song’s lyrical narrative.

The downtempo orientation of CamelPhat’s “Just Chill Mix” foregrounds Cooke’s vocals, to focalize their soothing tone, without sacrificing any of the potency. An unimposing beat progression undergirds the number, to instill the namesake “chill” of the tune’s title.